22 May 2012

panoramic photos

If you've got a few minutes (or hours), check out these amazing panoramic photos from around the world. Clearly I'm working hard at shortening my to-do list.


11 May 2012

Well hi there!

I'm back. Possibly. Maybe. (you've heard that before) I was thinking it might be a good idea to keep up with this a little more to let folks (or just my dad) know what I'm up to all summer.

I've got lots coming up that I'm really excited about and I needed somewhere to write it down. Here goes.

Summer job: Bike mechanic at a company called Lose the Training Wheels. I get to put on summer camps in different cities all around the country that teaches kids with disabilities how to ride a 2-wheeled bike. I know, right? I get paid to play with kids and ride bikes. How cool is that?

New Bike: Look 566. I swore up and down I'd never get a carbon bike. Then I rode this machine. Wow. Not to mention a great deal and it's in great shape.

Grad School: I'll be starting in August at Texas Woman's University for my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I'm so excited to be working toward a job that I'll enjoy for the rest of my life.

Other things currently making me happy: my friends. I've been catching up with a lot of people lately and it's been awesome. Goal: keep it up because I'm terrible at keeping in touch with people.

I'm out of town right now working a bike camp but I'll be back in town and I've got nothing to do except ride my bike. (well, that's not true, but I can pretend) Life is good!

Here's a pic of one of my buddies from bike camp this week. I was trying to do the bunny ears; you can just see the tips of my fingers behind his head. This kid is such a riot. AND I got to launch him on a 2-wheeled bike today for the first time in his life. SO AWESOME!!

14 December 2011

Cake balls!

I made some cake balls the other day. I've been following Bakerella's blog (www.bakerella.com) for a few years. She's she lady who started the whole cake pops craze. Check out her blog; it's awesome. She's so creative. Anyways, I couldn't find any lollipop sticks, so cake balls were the next best thing. They turned out pretty well!

27 November 2011

The bike

I hopped on my bike for a few days over thanksgiving break to meet up with some cross country cyclists who were passing through the hill country, where I was going to be anyways. I had a great time finding out new things about familiar towns as well as meeting great new friends. More soon!

14 November 2011


I went to Austin a couple of weeks ago to visit some friends and have a mini reunion with a bike team I was on a few years ago.

We had an alumni tailgate while watching the Longhorns beat Texas Tech. We had some breakfast tacos, breakfast beers, and camaraderie, and we got some good group photos.

Then I met up with some friends at the Jester King Brewery. It's out in the hill country a bit, but it's totally worth the drive. Beautiful brewery (looks like an old farmhouse) and delicious, wonderful beer. Their Wytchmaker Rye India Pale Ale was my favorite.

Then, we went out to the Salt Lick, which is renowned in these parts for their fantastic barbecue. They have expanded since I've been there last, which may or may not be a good thing, but they still make a damn good plate of barbecue.

All in all, a fantastic weekend.

I'm looking forward to seeing these folks again this weekend for the Renaissance Festival. Who doesn't love dressing up in ridiculous costumes, drinking beer, and walking around all day checking out the other ridiculous costumes, awesome music, and jousting??


Lest you think that all I do is garden, I also enjoy a frosty beverage from time to time. This was taken Saturday at the monsters of beer charity festival - a beer fest with at least 50 breweries from all over the US. I was serving for Saint Arnold, one of Houston's most well-known craft breweries.

This was also the kickoff to Houston Beer Week. They were raising money for a couple of charities, including Friday Harbour, which helps provide free housing for families traveling to the area to undergo cancer treatment. Great day and a cool event! If I can find more pics from the event I'll post them up here as well.

13 November 2011


Found this little guy in the garden this morning. Awesome!